Zaha Hadid-designed KAPSARC rated ‘smartest’ building in Saudi

Honeywell awards recognize smart building successes across the region

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The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has been named as Saudi Arabia’s “smartest” building by Honeywell.

The Honeywell Smart Building Score Awards program recognizing the leading smart buildings, assessed the smartness of buildings across the region based on three key indicators of smart buildings – how green, safe and productive they are.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, was named as the smartest building in the UAE. The world’s tallest structure also received the award for the Middle East’s smartest “high-rise residential” building.

On the regional level, the UAE buildings, Latifa Maternity & Paediatric Hospital and City Centre Deira, were also named the ‘Region’s Smartest Hospital’ and the ‘Region’s Smartest Retail Facility’ respectively.

The KAPSARC modular complex, designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, achieved the highest evaluation amongst all entries from Saudi Arabia, with impressive scores across all three smart building categories.

“Saudi Arabia continues to make progress toward meeting its long-term sustainability and smart cities goals, and it will continue to do so in line with Saudi Vision 2030. KAPSARC is a fantastic example of voluntary leadership and smart building excellence in the Kingdom,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions.

Most advanced methods

Built using the most advanced methods and technologies, KAPSARC achieved the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Gold Certification outside of North America for the center’s residential facilities. It also achieved LEED NC Platinum Certification for its research office complex, marking its leadership in sustainable stewardship in the Middle East.

“KAPSARC facilities have been designed and constructed as an example of building excellence in Saudi Arabia and the region,” commented Mohammad Tassi, director, KAPSARC facilities management department.

“Designed by the world’s most respected and creative design offices, KAPSARC’s buildings are not only visually fascinating, but also environmentally sustainable and functional. We are delighted to be recognized by Honeywell on the regional and international stage.”

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